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How Safe Are Digital X-Rays and How Often Does My Dentist Need to Take Them?

How Safe Are Digital X-Rays and How Often Does My Dentist Need to Take Them?

Posted on Friday, May 8th, 2020 at 3:35 pm.

Dental x-rays have long been an integral component of diagnostic and preventive dentistry. The good news is that modern technology provides improved and safer imaging using digital dental x-rays. Many patients wonder how safe digital x-rays are and how often they are needed.

What Are Digital X-Rays?

Digital radiography is the latest technology used to capture dental x-rays. It involves the use of electronic sensors instead of traditional x-ray film to capture and store high-quality digital images on a computer. We can instantly view and enlarge these images, allowing us to detect potential problems with ease.

How Safe Are Digital X-Rays?

Digital x-rays are far safer than their traditional counterparts and are even considered safe for children. They reduce radiation exposure by about 90 percent as compared to the already low exposure of traditional x-ray equipment. Even though your exposure to radiation is minimal, we take precautions, including taking x-rays only when necessary and using lead apron shields to protect your body.

Why Do You Need Digital X-Rays?

Dental X-rays are essential preventive and diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a dental exam. They allow us to create effective and accurate treatment plans to prevent any potential issues from progressing. Detecting and treating dental problems in their earliest stages can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and can potentially prevent tooth loss down the road.

Digital x-rays can reveal decay between teeth, abscesses, bone loss, abnormalities in the jawbone, cysts, cancerous and noncancerous tumors, problems inside a tooth or below the gum, poor tooth and root positions, and more. When it comes to children, digital x-rays allow us to assess the development of the mouth and teeth. Any issues uncovered during this young age can be addressed to ensure long-term healthy smiles.

How Often Do you Require Digital Dental X-Rays?

The frequency of digital x-rays will depend on your unique dental health needs, your dental history, oral hygiene practices, your age, and your risk of dental disease. In general, a full mouth series of x-rays is recommended for new patients and once every three years, and bitewings once or twice a year to detect new dental problems. If, however, you are experiencing pain or have signs and symptoms of a problem, you may need additional x-rays to diagnose your condition.

Digital Dental X-Rays in Valencia, CA

Contact May Conte D.D.S. Cosmetic, Implant, and Family Dentistry to learn more about our cutting-edge x-ray technology designed for precise, targeted, and comfortable care. We look forward to providing you with service that exceeds your expectations. Call us and schedule your appointment today!

Causes and Treatment of TMD (Temporomandibular Disorder)

Causes and Treatment of TMD (Temporomandibular Disorder)

Posted on Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 at 6:33 am.

If you are experiencing TMD or temporomandibular joint disorder, there are various treatment options available to you. Your trusted team at May Conte D.D.S. Cosmetic, Implant, and Family Dentistry will diagnose your condition and will begin treatment with a conservative approach. If your TMD symptoms do not improve, we may recommend additional intervention to relieve you of your discomfort.

What Is TMD?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jaw to your skull. If the joint suffers injury or damage, it may lead to a TMJ disorder, known as TMD. That may include muscle problems affecting the movement of the jaw, facial pain in the areas around the joint, and problems with the joint itself. The pain can be quite severe and may be constant or intermittent.

What Are the Causes of TMD?

TMD often results from injury or misalignment of the teeth and jaw. It can also be caused by teeth grinding and clenching, a condition known as bruxism, or poor posture, stress, arthritis, and chewing gum.

What Are The Symptoms of TMD?

The most common symptom of TMD is a persistent dull ache in the jaw and the surrounding areas. Some people report clicking or difficulty opening and closing the mouth, stiffness in the jaw, earache, swelling, or misaligned teeth. Some patients find yawning painful and may have frequent tension headaches.

Managing the Symptoms of TMD

Anti-inflammatory medication and moist heat or ice applied to your face may help reduce the pain. It’s advisable to eat soft foods cut up into small pieces and avoid chewing gum. Keeping yawning to a minimum and avoiding stressful jaw movements such as yelling or singing will help manage the symptoms of TMD. Additionally, reducing stress, massages, or gentle stretches of the jaw and neck, and refraining from clenching or grinding your teeth will help.

Treatment of TMD

We will evaluate your condition to determine the best treatment option for TMD. If it results from an improper bite or misalignment of your teeth, braces or restorations can correct it. At times, a splint will help reduce stress on your jaw and will improve your bite.

In some cases, defective interferences on your teeth may affect your bite and cause improper jaw closure. We may recommend occlusal equilibrium, which involves reshaping the biting surfaces of your teeth to allow your jaw to close correctly. If you grind or clench your teeth, a mouthguard worn at night may help. Surgery is always our last resort after attempting conservative treatment options.

TMD Treatments in Valencia, CA

Contact May Conte D.D.S. Cosmetic, Implant, and Family Dentistry to learn more about managing TMD. Our highly trained and experienced team will discuss your treatment options for effective relief. We are committed to providing care that exceeds your expectations. Call us and schedule your appointment today!

 

IMPORTANT MESSAGE REGARDING COVID-19:

Posted on Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 at 11:16 pm.

Dear Valued Patient:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. Keeping with social distancing guidelines we are preparing our office this week for a modified opening on May 18th. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to fill out all forms / consents and financial arrangements via email or text.
  • When you arrive at your appointment please wait in your car and call or text the office so we may prompt you when we are ready for you.
  • We will ask that you wear a mask into the office and wash your hands before sitting down to your appointment.
  • You will also find hand sanitizer in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time. So please refrain from bringing anyone with you to your appointment unless you are accompanying a minor.
  • Due to the rising cost of PPE, we may be implementing an additional fee to appointments.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 661-505-2926  or visit our website at www.maycontedds.com.  

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Sincerely,

Dr. May Conte

Erbium Waterlase Laser – Laser Dentistry in Valencia, CA

Erbium Waterlase Laser – Laser Dentistry in Valencia, CA

Posted on Friday, March 13th, 2020 at 5:52 am.

At May Conte D.D.S. Cosmetic, Implant, and Family Dentistry, we are committed to utilizing the most current dental technology and are proud to offer the award-winning Waterlase system by Biolase. The state-of-the-art device is a safe and gentle alternative to traditional dental tools, allowing for precise care, shorter recovery times, and improved treatment outcomes.

Waterlase Laser Overview

Waterlase laser dentistry utilizes a patented technology that combines water, air, and laser energy for highly precise, exceptionally gentle dental care. The innovative technology allows us to perform a wide range of procedures with less pain, faster healing times, less trauma to the teeth and gums, and less use of anesthetics. With Waterlase, we can treat more than one part of the mouth in just one visit, allowing for quicker treatment and a more relaxing experience for you. 

The Benefits of Waterlase Laser Dentistry

One of the Waterlase’s greatest strengths is how incredibly precise it is. That helps preserve more of your healthy tooth structure and prevents the potential micro-fracturing damage associated with the use of a traditional drill. And because of its unmatched precision, anesthetics are rarely needed. With Waterlase, patients enjoy unparalleled comfort while receiving the best possible care. Your dental visits will be shorter, and more can be accomplished in one office visit. Imagine diagnosis and treatment, all on the same day!

What Can Waterlase Laser Dentistry Do For You?

Cavities: Waterlase helps treat cavities without the need for a dental drill, often eliminating the need for anesthetics. It effectively removes the decay while reducing bacteria at the cavity site, allowing for better treatment outcomes.

Periodontal Disease: The Waterlase laser eliminates the debris and bacteria between your teeth and gums that can cause bleeding gums, gum recession, or even tooth loss.

Remove Oral Growths: Waterlase quickly and effectively removes growths or excess tissue in the mouth, including gum tissue over unerupted teeth, as well as small growths called papilla or fibromas.

Reinvent Your Smile: Waterlase is incredibly versatile, with the ability to contour or shape your gums to improve the appearance of a “gummy” smile.

Pediatric Dentistry: Waterlase allows for gentler, faster procedures for our littlest patients. No more worrying about shots, drills, or anxiety. Children only feel a tickling cool water spray! Waterlase is a game-changer when it comes to frenectomies and tongue ties, making the procedure faster-healing, and less traumatic for our young patients and their parents.

Laser Dentistry in Valencia, CA

Contact May Conte D.D.S. Cosmetic, Implant, and Family Dentistry to learn more about Waterlase Dentistry and how it can enhance your dental care. Call us and schedule an appointment today.

The Diode Laser – Laser Dentistry in Valencia, CA

The Diode Laser – Laser Dentistry in Valencia, CA

Posted on Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 at 9:27 pm.

At May Conte D.D.S. Cosmetic, Implant, and Family Dentistry, we are committed to investing in the best and most current technological options and are proud to bring you the Epic diode laser by Biolase. The state-of-the-art device provides a gentle alternative to many dental procedures. It helps us provide precise care with shorter recovery times and improved treatment outcomes.

The Epic Diode Laser Overview

Epic by Biolaise is a diode laser that combines multiple dental instruments into one. This innovative product is available in different configurations, depending on your unique needs. The portable Epic laser is FDA approved and is the only diode laser dentistry tool that can perform separate therapies using the same unit. Laser dental procedures allow for less downtime after treatment and require less anesthetics before performing a treatment.

What can the Epic Diode Laser Do for You?

Epic performs three main tasks using three different settings. Depending on the procedure, we will adjust the settings and select the appropriate tip. Soft tissue procedures require a small tip and pinpointed laser, while pain management procedures use a handpiece to evenly distribute the laser’s intensity and ensure the best results. Teeth whitening procedures utilize another specialized handpiece.

Soft Tissue Procedures: This setting addresses conditions requiring soft tissue surgery, treats ulcers and lesions in the mouth, and decontaminates bacteria during dental cleanings. For patients with periodontal disease, the laser can be used in conjunction with deep cleanings (scaling and root planing) to help reduce bacteria and instantly promote the healing of the soft tissue, while reducing the gum pockets and preserving the bone around teeth. This all translates to improved comfort and healing time for our patients.

Pain Management: The Epic diode laser’s most unique feature, pain therapy, provides pain relief for patients suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) or other chronic oral pain. The focus and depth of laser penetration are precisely controlled to target the source of pain.

Teeth Whitening: The special whitening headpiece can whiten your teeth 4-6 shades in only 20 minutes! The EPIC laser cuts the appointment time of traditional in-office whitening methods in half.

Laser Dentistry in Valencia, CA

Contact May Conte D.D.S. Cosmetic, Implant, and Family Dentistry to learn more about the revolutionary Epic diode laser and what it can do for you. We look forward to providing the exceptional dental care you deserve. Call us and schedule an appointment today.